Dealerscope’s annual IMPACT Awards were designed to recognize exceptional products in the consumer electronics industry that are innovative, practical and helping to drive sales on the showroom floor and online.
Instead of deciding solely amongst ourselves, the Dealerscope team decided to put the power of this year’s IMPACT Awards in the hands of three highly esteemed professionals: Steve Greenberg, award-winning author, TV personality and expert on innovation and technology; Robin Raskin, American writer, author, publisher, TV personality and conference and events creator; and Josh Christian, CEO of the Home Technology Association. The trio brought unique perspectives to the voting process that were informed and impartial, making for an exceptionally thorough voting process.
The editorial team also reviewed the products up for recognition this year to arrive at three Editors’ Choices.
With that in mind, we proudly present to you the 2021 IMPACT Award winners.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock
Sporting a retrofit design, August’s Wi-Fi Smart Lock is the smallest, most advanced retrofit smart lock on the market and offers homeowners and renters alike the ability to remotely control their door and have convenient, secure access to their home.
Ausounds AU-X ANC
The Ausounds AU-X ANC over-ear headphones incorporate planar magnetic technology, designed to provide superior resolution at the mid and upper frequencies.
Crestron Home has been engineered as a powerful and responsive smart home platform that seamlessly manages all devices in the technology-driven homes of today.
Denon Home 350
The new Denon Home 350 plays music wirelessly in stereo with the reference quality expected from Denon products. Listeners can group other products with HEOS Built-in such as A/V receivers, sound bars and speakers to fill their homes with detailed, expansive sound.
Equator 30″ Built-in Induction Cooktop 4 Burner – BIC 304
This elegant cooktop will instantly add to the luxury of any kitchen. The controls were inspired by the newest models of European sports cars.
LG 48CX OLED TV – OLED w/NVIDIA
LG Electronics brings the picture quality of LG OLED to an all-new screen size – 48 inches – with a focus on customers who want a mid-size TV that best fits their living space, or are looking for a second TV without compromising picture quality.
LG 75NANO99 8K TV
LG’s 75NANO99 is the premier model in LG’s 2020 LCD TV lineup, featuring the best technology and delivering the ultimate usability and design through a combination of 8K resolution, AI-based picture and audio processing technology, and AI TV functionality with voice recognition.
LG gram 17 (2020)
As a CES 2020 Innovation Award winner, the flagship LG gram 17 is the ultimate solution for anyone looking for maximum productivity in a portable form factor.
LG Indoor Garden
The LG Indoor Garden, a freestanding indoor gardening appliance, employs advanced light, temperature and water control, convenient all-in-one seed packages and a growth-monitoring app to help users easily cultivate nutrient-rich and flavorful greens inside their own homes.
LG InstaView Electric Range with Air Sous Vide & Fry
The InstaView feature in this range lets the user check the oven’s interior as they cook by giving them a clear view of the inside, when they give its glass door two quick knocks.
LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator
The LG InstaView Door-in-Door Refrigerator features door panels that can be replaced to match any design taste. With the iconic InstaView panel, users can knock twice on the window to illuminate the interior to view what’s inside, decreasing energy usage.
LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier
The LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier resolves the inconsistencies of conventional face masks, air leakage around the nose and chin, uncomfortable fit, breathing difficulties, fogged-up glasses, and the environmental pollution associated with mask disposal.
LG UltraGear 27GN950
LG’s 27-inch UltraGear 4K monitor is the world’s first IPS 1 millisecond Gray-to-Gray gaming monitor. The UltraGear delivers a 1ms Nano IPS display with a refresh rate of 144Hz – the ultimate game-winning combination.
LG WING 5G
LG WING 5G, the first device of the LG Explorer Project, features a first-of-its-kind form factor – the entire front of the phone can swivel clockwise, rotating 90 degrees to reveal a second 3.9-inch screen, allowing users to seamlessly switch between two usability modes: Basic Mode and Swivel Mode.
Samsung 110″ MicroLED TV
With standardized MicroLED modules and a black matrix-free bezel design, Samsung’s 110’’ MicroLED TV delivers never-before-seen picture quality on an ultra-large TV through innovative technologies.
Samsung 2021 Frame TV
The 2021 version of The Frame builds on its innovative legacy of design and technology, offering a more customizable experience in a slimmer form factor. At just 24.9mm thick, The Frame is thinner than ever — mirroring the depth of a traditional picture frame.
Samsung Neo QLED Q900
Samsung’s 85” Q900 Neo QLED TV combines the company’s advancements in picture technology with its new quantum processor to deliver exemplary picture quality, smart features and design.
Samsung Odyssey G7
Samsung’s Odyssey G7 monitor gives gamers a vivid, immersive experience, with tons of horsepower in an eye-catching package. Offering exceptional performance and thoughtful design, G7 is a first-of-its-kind 240Hz 1ms Quad high-definition 16:9 gaming monitor that includes a new rear glowing core design and the most immersive display curve available (1000R).
Samsung Odyssey G9
Samsung’s Odyssey G9 is the first monitor to offer a fast and fluid 240Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time on a super-ultrawide 32:9 VA-panel and the most immersive display curve (1000R) ever experienced. The Dual Quad-HD 49” display (DQHD; 5120×1440 resolution) offers a 32:9 aspect ratio for a wider field of view.
Samsung Q950A Soundbar
The Q950A is Samsung’s first soundbar to produce true Dolby Atmos 11.1.4 channel sound, creating a three-dimensional audio experience that fills any space. SpaceFit Sound builds on Adaptive Sound, detecting the TV’s surroundings to optimize audio accordingly.
Samsung QLED 8K Q950TS
The flagship Q950TS is Samsung’s first TV to combine premium 8K picture quality with powerful surround-sound audio, packaged in an ultra-thin form factor. Featuring the Next Generation Quantum Processor 8K, the Q950TS’s AI upscaling capabilities automatically upscale non-8K content to pristine 8K resolution.
Samsung T7 Touch SSD
Samsung’s T7 Touch portable SSD, an external storage drive, delivers industry-leading transfer speeds and, for the first time, a built-in fingerprint sensor for improved security.
Samsung The Premiere LSP9T 4K Smart Triple Laser Projector
With precise color accuracy and incredible contrast on a maximum 130-inch screen space, the Premiere is the world’s first HDR10+ certified projector for realistic, vibrant viewing.
Samsung The Terrace TV
The Terrace features enhanced brightness and specs that are optimized to make outdoor viewing as immersive as the indoor experience. It comes equipped with Samsung’s 4K QLED picture quality, offering the full array of features available with Samsung’s indoor TVs, including HDR10+, screen mirroring, 4K AI Upscaling, and brilliant viewing with Adaptive Picture.
SANUS In-Wall Power Kit for Soundbar + Mounted TV
The SANUS In-Wall Power Kit for Soundbar + Mounted TV allows installers to safely extend power to soundbars and accompanying displays — in addition to devices such as cable boxes, digital TV adapters, or streaming media players — while neatly concealing power and A/V cables inside the wall for a clean and professional look.
SANUS Soundbar TV Mount and Extendable Wall Mount for the Sonos Arc
Compatible with most displays from 50 inches to 90 inches, the SANUS Soundbar TV Mount for the Sonos Arc attaches directly to TV mounts, allowing the sound of the Arc to move with the display in any direction.
Signature Kitchen Suite Double Wall Oven with Steam Sous Vide
Signature Kitchen Suite has taken the innovative, trailblazing sous vide cooking technology it is known for and expanded it to its new wall oven series. The steam sous vide cooking mode allows users to enjoy sous vide results right in the oven without the need for preheating.
These fourth-generation headphones from Sony’s award-winning 1000X family offer smart features that personalize and control music; they provide industry-leading noise cancellation and adjust ambient sound automatically based on user preferences.
SoundSend works with all smart TVs with HDMI ARC/eARC or optical connections to transmit up to eight channels of high-fidelity audio to WiSA Certified speakers from global brands like Klipsch, Harman, Savant, Dynaudio, B&O, Enclave Audio and more.
Yale Assure Lever
Available with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the Assure Lever can be controlled from anywhere using the Yale Access or August App. Users can grant access to people they trust, lock and unlock the door and monitor activity no matter where they are.
Editors’ Choice Awards
Sony’s 8K Model Z8H Smart LED TV provides the discriminating viewer the cachet of 8K television ownership – and much more. This set, which draws from Sony’s X1 Ultimate picture processor, delivers the full package of pristine, future-forward image quality, along with audio that measures up to the display in every way. Noteworthy among its many benefits is Ambient Optimization technology, which dials up or down picture settings so that the set performs at its peak within the area the TV is situated. It also features Sony’s signature TRILUMINOS Display, and supports both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. The Z8H is also 4K 120fps-compatible, making it ideal for gamers’ needs. And its two-position stand, part of the chassis design, gives it great placement flexibility.
How we enjoy content is changing, and products like Sony’s VPL-VW-915ES 4K laser projector are paving the way for the next generation of at-home entertainment. The presence of 2,000 lumens creates a spectacular contrast and makes 4K HDR images even clearer and brighter than before. The VPL-VW-915ES’s X1 processor uses advanced algorithms to cut noise and boost detail with high-precision frame analysis. This particular projector also comes in at an aggressive price point considering its capabilities. But image quality and affordability aside, the Sony VPL-VW-915ES creates an entirely different atmosphere for shows, movies, and gaming that you just don’t get from a television.
Speck Presidio Clickflip
Apple is projected to sell 82 million AirPods this year, so the consumer need for a case that offers personalization, protection and useability is huge. However, most AirPods cases on the market lack all three of these qualities. Presidio Clickflip for AirPods Pro provides 360-degree protection against dust and debris. Its playful design features a unique locking mechanism that helps keep AirPods in place so they don’t pop out and scatter when dropped from up to four feet. Presidio Clickflip is accented with a soft-touch matte material that provides a premium handfeel and grippy texture, ensuring it will stand out in a crowded space, and is easier to find in a dark or disorganized bag.